Boys Varsity Baseball
Columbus North junior Grant Trinkle was honored as MVP of the Bull Dogs’ 2019 baseball team at its season-ending gathering on Monday (June 10) in the CNHS Large Group Instruction room.
Trinkle, an outfielder and pitcher, also was named the team’s most valuable offensive player after he hit .412 with a school season-record 44 runs, five doubles, seven triples, two home runs, 16 RBIs and 20 stolen bases for a squad that went 22-8 overall and claimed the Conference Indiana championship at 5-0.
Trinkle’s seven triples tied a single-season school record set by Dan Shoultz in 1977, and Trinkle’s 40 hits also were sixth on CN’s single-season charts. Trinkle also drew 21 walks, tied for seventh best in a single season, and his 20 steals tied for ninth on CN’s single-season list.
Others cited for special recognition were senior Konner Stahl, senior Parker Maddox, senior Jakob Meyer, sophomore Austin Bode and junior Adam Chapman.
Stahl was named winner of the Bull Dog Award after contributing as a relief pitcher and reserve catcher.
Maddox and Meyer were chosen co-winners of the most valuable pitcher award. Maddox struck out 51 and walked 19 while compiling a 1.37 earned-run average and a 6-1 record with one save in 41.0 innings. Meyer fanned 61 batters, walked 16 and had a 1.24 ERA with a 6-1 record and one save in 45.1 innings. Meyer’s ERA was ninth on CN’s single-season list.
Bode was winner of the Big Stick, Black & Blue and Quality At-Bat awards. Bode, a catcher, hit a team-best .417 with 26 runs, eight doubles, one triple, three home runs and 35 RBIs. He also was hit-by-pitch on 10 occasions and produced a Quality At-Bat on 76.17 percent of his plate appearances (80 of 105). His RBI total was fourth in CN’s single-season chart.
Chapman, a first baseman, earned the most valuable defensive player award with a 1.000 fielding percentage, going flawless in 57 fielding chances. Junior Casper Clark, at .992, and Bode, at .991, also challenged for the defensive award.
In other awards, Maddox and Meyer were voted all-district by the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association. Maddox has been chosen for the South Team for the 2019 IHSBCA North-South All-Star Game, and Meyer is an alternate for the game. Meyer also was named IHSBCA Academic All-State.
Earlier, Trinkle, Bode, Maddox, Meyer and Clark were selected first-team all-Conference Indiana. Also, junior Homare Takauchi was named honorable mention all-conference. Clark hit .279 with two doubles, two home runs and 18 RBIs. He also went 4-2 as a pitcher, striking out 52 batters, walking 11 and compiling a 1.99 ERA in 38.2 innings. The 11 walks is the third-best for a CN single season. Takauchi, a shortstop, hit .326 with 26 runs, four doubles and 19 RBIs.
Of note, sophomore Reese Harmon posted a 0.79 ERA, third on CN’s single-season list.
Freshman Will Baker and sophomore Gage Bayne were named respective Bull Dog Award winners of the JV team and C Team.
Stahl and Trinkle were cited as team captains.
Those recognized with varsity letters were seniors Parker Maddox, Jakob Meyer, Devon Rodgers and Konner Stahl; juniors Adam Chapman, Casper Clark, Homare Takauchi and Grant Trinkle; and sophomores Austin Bode, Reese Harmon, Blake Huffman, Hayden McDaniel, Kyler McIntosh and Blake Stevens.
JV awards went to juniors Oliver Fischer and Pedro Munoz; sophomores Kyle Carlson and Aaron Rork; and freshmen Bryce Abner, Will Baker, Brier Elliott, Sam King, Alex McComb, Dyllan Redmon, Chase Sams, Parker Smith, Zach Wager and Braden Yarnell.
Recognized as members of the C Team were sophomores Gage Bayne, Caden Carpenter and Tyler Stevens; and freshmen Noah Abner, Connor Lindsey, Brayden Roberts, Ben Shoultz and Ethan Staples.